Dec 30, 2012 6:00am PST
change, a hair-dressing set. that's not some obscure toy store. it's one of the largest in europe and part of the toys are us empire. you wouldn't see that kind of gender-bending mass marketing in america, right? the author of pink and blue. she says the only reason we think of boys in bluees and girls in pink is because of mass marketing. in the 1920s a common custom babies with brown eyes wore pink. baby with blue eyes wore blue. their gender didn't matter. parents didn't focus on it like they do today. we talk about mask lint and femininity. they didn't believe babies had that. they believed there was something that emerged. >> parents dressed boys and girls the same in their younger years and it didn't seem to harm the kids. >> this little boy's mother put him in something that looks like a dress. he grew up to be our 32nd president franklin d. roosevelt. >> but manufacturers began too realize if they can agree on how to separate clothing and toys by gender they could sell more to everyone. pink and blue could have gone the other way. there was a good bit of pink on men in the
Dec 2, 2012 6:00am PST
, have been shown in galleries across europe and asia with the man on the lecture circuit to explain how they work. >> a backbone which makes a circular movement like this. >> reporter: is this engaging mixture of engineering and whimsy really art? yes, it is says the head of sculpture at london's royal college of art. what is it that draws us in? >> i think audiences like to experience wonder before things. this is an encounter of wonder and awe. >> reporter: wonder, awe, and sheer enchantment. the beasts are irresistible to passers-by. and passing dogs. the secret of their uncanny life-like walk, he says, is the proportion of the leg parts which he worked out as a computer algorithm. >> one of the major criteria was that a leg shouldn't spend too much time in the air. just go back to the ground. we have to think of real animals trying to seek balance. >> reporter: he is hoping for a major exhibit in the u.s. next year. his only worry? that the manufacturer will stop making his raw material. >> this is enough for the rest of my life. >> reporter: is it really? for the rest of your life?